I visited here in May, 2013 during an amazing 10,000 mile road trip across the country. I wanted to get a more intimate composition of the wind blowing across the dunes of Great Sand Dunes National Park. I hope this gives you some idea of how windy it really was up here. I met another couple on the top of ‘High Dune’ that was not prepared for the wind. Wearing t-shirts, they were shielding their eyes and face from the blowing sand with their hands. When I got closer to them, I could see sand building up all around their eyes, noses, and mouths. They were probably be digging it out of orifices for weeks! It took a lot of effort to climb up here, but I was prepared for the wind and spent a couple hours just shooting and watching the dunes.